Join me in opposing the Tees Valley Mayor's Skerningham mega-housing scheme

Updated: Mar 24

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Why I’m Joining the Skerningham Campaign

I’m Jessie Joe Jacobs, and I’m proud to be Labour’s candidate in the election for Tees Valley Mayor on 6th May.

Over the weekend, the brilliant campaigners from the Barmpton and Skerningham Campaign Group showed me the impact that up to 4,500 houses will make if Ben Houchen’s “Skerningham Garden Village” gets the go-ahead. Houses that Darlington simply doesn’t need.

Beautiful countryside and woodland, home to threatened bird species, and used by hundreds of people for walks every day, will be tarmacked over. The development will have a direct impact on traffic numbers in Whinfield and Harrowgate Hill, with an extra 5,400 vehicles A DAY on Barmpton Lane and an extra 5,100 A Day on Whinbush Way by 2029. What will that do to pollution and road safety in Whinfield?

And because of mismanagement by the Conservative-led Darlington Borough Council, once-quiet streets are being threatened with link roads to the Skerningham housing scheme. The idea that thousands of cars every day might use Whitebridge Drive, Beauly Drive, Sparrow Hall Drive and the green space between Galloway and Caithness Way would be comical if it wasn’t so serious.

Let me be clear – the Skerningham mega-housing scheme is the brainchild of Ben Houchen. If he is re-elected on May 6th, he will use the office of Mayor to advance the scheme.

2017 Protest Walk

In contrast, if I am elected, I pledge to work with campaigners across Darlington to cancel the scheme. Please join with me, and as a first step sign the online petition against Skerningham which I want to present to the Government Inspector reviewing the Council’s Draft Local Plan in the coming months.

Together we can make a difference, protect the environment and keep our streets free from a huge increase in traffic.

Jessie Joe Jacobs, Candidate for Tees Mayor

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